How to clean a knife block

I store all my kitchen knives in a wooden knife block on my bench, keeping it out of reach from little fingers and for easy access for while I’m cooking.  Another benefit of keeping them in the knife block is that it minimises the risk of cutting fingers if stored in the drawer.  See below for tips on how to keep the knives sharp in your knife block.


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Have you considering how dirty knife blocks can get?  Dust and small food particles can quite easily fall into the knife block making it very unhygienic.

Steps to clean knife block

  1. Remove and wash all knives.
  2. Turn block upside down and shake out as much dirt as you can.
  3. Use your vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining dust and dirt (or you could use your hairdryer to blow them out).
  4. To kill any germs or bacteria hiding in each slot dip a clean pipe cleaner into vinegar, insert pipe cleaner into slot and give a gently scrub, this will also remove any crumbs that maybe stuck.
  5. Wipe over knife block with your homemade reusable wipes.
  6. Leave block to dry thoroughly.
  7. Return knives to block, however ensure they are completely dry.

– Do not soak the knife block in soapy water, the wood may swell.
– You may as well sharpen your knives while you’re at it.

How to keep knives sharp?

The tip is to store your knives in the knife block with the blades facing up, this way you will keep the blades sharp as they aren’t scraping against the wooden block.


How did you go with this task, please let me know!

Set yourself up with a cleaning kit to help you through the challenge, you will find what I keep in my cleaning kit here and use these cleaning checklists to help you remember regular cleaning tasks and create a routine to suit the time you have available.


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